Karin Boye

(1900-1941 / Sweden)

Karin Boye Poems

1. Evening Prayer 9/29/2010
2. Idea 9/29/2010
3. Spring Song 9/29/2010
4. To A Sphinx 9/29/2010
5. To You 9/29/2010
6. The Best 9/29/2010
7. A Buddhist Fantasy 9/29/2010
8. Clouds 9/29/2010
9. Crossroads 9/29/2010
10. Morning Song 9/29/2010
11. The Nightjar 9/29/2010
12. Man's Multiplicity 9/29/2010
Best Poem of Karin Boye

Man's Multiplicity

We were born of mothers of heaven and earth
and of powers with no end in view,
nocturnal wills and wills of light
with names that no one knew.

May one of the many
not gain power over us,
though she be of heaven's race
and shine in magnificence.

In us a multiplicity lives.
It fumbles towards unity.
Its capturing, gathering burning­glass
we were born to be.

Great is man's striving,
great the goals it has set ­
but much greater is man himself
with roots in universal night.

So give, that we shield a secret room
and never a flame do...

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